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're quite anxious to find a partner in the united states to roll it through america. talk me through that, if you would. >> this is a start in one of our hotels as a food and beverage outlet in t2000. people kept asking me who owns the franchise nor the noodle house, we want one in our place. i said, we own the franchise. so we started to put a whole franchise and team together on what i hope will be, and i think we have achieved it on a very professional basis. and when then we started to franchise in other units. we started with six units we own and operate in dubai. now we are operating 20 across the world. we actually have 123 signed up in our pipeline. and we would very much like to be in the united states. we have had discussions, serious discussions about taking the name out there on a franchise basis. so it just really grew out of one of the -- as a restaurant outfit in one of the hotels. >> let me ask you finally, you're a member of the hotel industry and you sit on one of the boards, and it is an industry finding its voice saying, we are and saying, look, we are jobs, we are gro
's happening in the united states. >> certainly that's going to bring down the large indices and i just wonder if you think in the fourth quarter there will be a put from central banks or from hedge fund managers that have to play catchup or could we look at the last three months last year? >> central banks are obviously very powerful. you know the old saying, don't fight the fed. you have to be very careful. but as you stretch out the time rise and what you find historically is there is no relationship between liquidity and stock market movement. but i think what's much more important is your original question, if the profit cycle continues to decelerate, i think that's what people want to think about and that's what people want to position their portfolios for. i still think personally that you want to look at more defensive sectors which i think are less prone to have these big earnings disappointments right now. >> rich, can you put together these two knows in the market that you want to be in more dmfticily oriented companies and also this other thought in the market that you want to be i
a month or so and you see iron ore stocks, you see machinery stocks in the united states and other parts of the world rally off the back of this notion of china stimulus, are all those things built on false expectations? >> we need to look at those charts. and most of those charts have fallen very sharply in the last two months. so what we experience through our trading book on friday with short coverings, we didn't see long-only investors coming in and buying stocks this morning. what i do think is different and you've highlighted that asia has recovered -- talking about a recovery -- the local investors do seem to be more excited by this new story than we've seen for some period of time. particularly noting that cement stocks rallied quite hard today in shanghai. so that is interesting that the local investors are somewhat more enthused about this story than we've seen for months. >> okay. adrian, thank you so much for phoning in. we appreciate it. adrian mowat of jpmorgan. >>> it's interesting this morning that stocks are essentially hanging on to the sharp gains that they made last w
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